Terell Kahn Douglas-Williams

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Meryl Streep's 'rebel and a slave' flap is a matter of historical perspective, not insensitivity

British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst was, to put it kindly, a rebel. Some, not so kindly, have called her a terrorist. On her watch, members of the Women's Social and Political Union in England threw rocks at 10 Downing Street, set fire to post boxes, smashed windows in Knightsbridge's luxurious …

“The GOP has scores of racists”: A former Bush official condemns modern Republican orthodoxy

Colin Powell’s former chief of staff, Lawrence Wilkerson, warns of the militarism & racism of Republican lawmakers<p>Lawrence Wilkerson is a contradictory figure.<br>Wilkerson is a career military man, who served as chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell; but he has also voiced reluctance to …

We need a middle-class president

<b>(CNN) —</b> There seem to be two prerequisites for the modern U.S. presidency.<p>1. Being fabulously rich.<p>2. Successfully pretending you're not.<p>U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz tried his hand at No. 2 last week as he announced his bid for the White House. With his back awkwardly turned to the TV cameras, and a …

White Millennials are products of a failed lesson in colorblindness

What I’d like to believe from my observations in the streets of Ferguson and New York City at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests is that, …

The Forgotten Racist Past of American Universities

Demands to rename Tillman Hall at Clemson University, the circulation of a video showing a racist chant at the University of Oklahoma, and the …

JEB BUSH: Net neutrality is 'one of the craziest ideas I've ever heard'

"The idea of regulating access to the internet with a 1934 law is one of the craziest ideas I've ever heard," Bush said.<p>Bush is referring to the Communications Act of 1934, which regulated "interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and radio so as to make available, so far as …

4 ways American corporations are responsible for racial oppression

Our entire capitalist system is rooted in slavery, yes, but the human rights abuses hardly end there<p>America is gradually, but unrelentingly, destroying part of itself. The facts to support this are well-documented, told in many ways from past to present.<p>The most egregious example of Americide is …

A Brief History of Bill O’Reilly Knowing Dick About Hip-Hop

"I'm a brother, man."<p>In the history of television, there have been three monumental events: Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, Walter Cronkite announcing John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and Nancy Grace saying the words “Tity Boi.”<p>The last of which happened just over a week ago in her interview …

24 Things No One Tells You About Book Publishing

Ten years ago, my first novel Prep came out. Three novels later, here's what I've learned about the publishing industry and writing since then.<p>1. When it comes to fellow writers, don't buy into the narcissism of small differences. In all their neurotic, competitive, smart, funny glory, other …

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Republicans Revive Bold Scheme to Rig Presidential Elections

After Republicans failed to capture the White House in 2012, they dusted off a tried-and-true plan to improve their future electoral prospects. No, they wouldn't moderate their views or expand their appeal to <i>win votes</i>. They would just <i>change the way that the votes are counted!</i><p>The plan: to rig the …

So What Is An 'Executive Action' Anyway?

You can read here about President Obama's <i>executive action</i> on immigration. Or here, a story about his <i>executive order</i>.<p>Although commonly conflated in the media, the two terms aren't exactly interchangeable.<p>In short ...<p>A presidential executive order "is a directive issued to federal agencies, …

Wanted: Less Terrible Political Coverage on TV

Everyone knows there’s a problem with televised political coverage. The big question is how to fix it.<p>Jon Stewart is nothing if not America’s …

Why It's So Hard for Millennials to Find a Place to Live and Work

The paradox of the American Dream: The best cities to get ahead are often the most expensive places to live, and the most affordable places to live can be the worst cities to get ahead.<p>So what'll it be: Dayton or San Francisco?<p>Alright, so that's not the most common choice for young people getting …

The Persistent Myth of the Narcissistic Millennial

People are still lobbing the same accusations at Millennials, even though evidence shows they're not any more self-absorbed than their predecessors.<p>A few months ago, the news went viral that the American Psychiatric Association had classified “taking selfies” as a sign of a mental disorder. It lit …

The top 10 words invented by writers

I have long been interested in words but most specifically in the question of how a coinage makes it into the larger language, especially at a time when the English language seems to have more than enough words to sustain itself. It is one thing to create a new word or catchphrase and quite another …

From Jonathan Gruber to Kim Kardashian: Why American Leadership Is Broken

Kim Kardashian's break-the-Internet nude photos, Jonathan Gruber's outrageous statements on getting Obamacare passed and Sen. Mary Landrieu's speech on the Senate floor on the Keystone XL pipeline made for an interesting week in America, with the seemingly mixed events all clearly pointing to a …

Stop calling me 'the Ebola nurse'

I never had Ebola. I never had symptoms of Ebola. I tested negative for Ebola the first night I stayed in New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s private prison in Newark. I am now past the incubation period – meaning that I will not develop symptoms of Ebola.<p>I <i>never had Ebola</i>, so please stop calling …